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Henrico Doctors’ Hospital recently named Anthony Spensieri, MD, FHM, CHCQM as chief medical officer effective Jan. 1, 2012. Spensieri will spearhead the hospital’s initiatives relating to quality improvement, patient safety and clinical effectiveness, working closely not only with hospital personnel, but also with the hospital’s medical staff. Spensieri is board certified in Internal Medicine and by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. A graduate of Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, he received his medical degree from the Ross University School of Medicine and completed his residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Richmond in New York. Spensieri currently serves as medical director of the Henrico Doctors’ Hospital Hospitalist Program. He is a fellow in the Society of Hospital Medicine and of the American Institute for Healthcare Quality. In addition, he received HCA’s Frist Humanitarian Award in honor of his patient advocacy and commitment to quality improvement.

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Sports Backers, the organizers of the annual SunTrust Richmond Marathon held every November, has tapped The Greater Richmond ARC for the fifth consecutive year to assemble promotional goodie bags that race entrants pick up in the days before the event. About 19,000 bags will be filled at ARC’s Industrial Services (AIS) production facility in downtown Richmond. More than 200 individuals with developmental disabilities participate in the AIS program and for many it is a nice way to help each runner go the distance. The bags will be assembled beginning in late October, which has been designated as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Founded in 1954, The Greater Richmond ARC’s mission is to create life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Its industrial services program provides meaningful work opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities, which fosters confidence and the self-esteem that comes with earning a paycheck. For more information, visit http://www.richmondarc.org .

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October 31 marks the last day that Virginia businesses can pre-apply to take advantage of Virginia’s new telework tax credit that provides for a tax credit of up to $50,000 per business for tax year 2012. Applications must be submitted to the Department of Taxation prior to the deadline in order to qualify for the tax credit. Approved by the General Assembly in 2011, the statewide telework tax credit is aimed at encouraging private sector telework, and provides for a tax credit of up to $1,200 per employee, up to $50,000 per organization, for eligible telework expenses incurred during taxable years 2012 and 2013. Up to $1 million in total tax credits is available per year. Eligible expenses under the tax credit may include expenses paid or incurred to purchase telework dedicated computers; computer-related hardware and software; modems; data processing equipment; telecommunications equipment; high-speed Internet connectivity equipment; computer security software and devices; and all related delivery, installation, and maintenance fees. Information regarding eligibility, guidelines and application procedures pertaining to the tax credit are available on http://www.teleworkva.org.

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The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and ECPI recently launched the fourth VMA-Certified Assessment Center at ECPI’s Innsbrook location. ECPI and VMA are establishing VMA-Certified Assessment Centers at ECPI University locations across the Commonwealth to increase accessibility to advanced technology industry credentials produced by the association’s new workforce development division and the Virginia Council on Advanced Technology Skills (VCATS). Industry assessments offered will initially include the VCATS Level 1 Manufacturing Technician, VCATS Manufacturing Specialist and Certified Industrial Energy Auditor credentials. A key factor in maintaining the long-term health of Virginia’s Manufacturing sector is to ensure an adequate pipeline of trained manufacturing workers. The goal of this partnership is to increase the number of industry-certified skilled workers in Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.ecpi.edu and http://www.vamanufacturers.com.

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently awarded University of Richmond’s Robins Stadium its LEED Silver certification, in recognition of environmentally friendly design and construction of a building. Design of Robins Stadium included numerous features intended to earn LEED certification including: roofing that is light in color that reflects solar energy instead of absorbing it; water use that is 43% less than LEED code minimum, achieved by low-flow water fixtures and artificial turf; significant (42%) use of construction materials extracted and manufactured within 500 miles of Richmond; significant use of recycled construction materials, including 90% of the aluminum bleachers and 20% of overall construction materials; and use of sunlight in 96% of regularly occupied space. Three additional structures at Richmond have received LEED certification – Heilman Dining Center, Weinstein Hall and Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness, which received LEED Gold status in 2010.

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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently announced the sale of Deep Run 3, located at 9954 Mayland Dr. DR III, LLC purchased the +/- 382,570 square foot Class A office building for $12,402,570. The building was originally constructed in 1997 as part of Circuit City’s headquarters facilities. The new ownership will renovate the building back to Class A standards, including a full-service fitness facility, food services and on-site ownership. Currently vacant, the building is available for multi-tenant lease. Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer has been named the exclusive leasing representative for this property under the new ownership.

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Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently was selected by C-III Asset Management, LLC for the leasing and property management of Villa Park III, a 88,960 square foot office building located at 7870 Villa Park Dr.

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Agents with Cushman & Wakefield Thalhimer recently handled the following lease negotiations: Cavalier Cargo Group, Inc. renewed its lease of 10,084 square feet in Woodland Center II at 510 Eastpark Ct.; Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co. renewed its lease of 2,560 square feet at 4201 Dominion Blvd.; and Sweet Frog leased 1,200 square feet in Ridge Shopping Center at 1500-1552 Parham Rd.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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